Our Home Renovation: Paint Colors

Thankfully, my husband and I have very similar taste in our preferred color palettes. However, as I have mentioned previously, my husband has opinions on every aspect of our interior and exterior home design. So...

I will explain. Our home is a sweet, stucco, Mediterranean Bungalow. When we first purchased the house, it was painted a nondescript, warm white. A couple of years ago, we decided to repaint, as a maintenance item. No problem, we thought. This will be fun!

We began looking around at other homes similar to ours, in pursuit of a new color. We walked neighborhoods. I wrote letters to homeowners, requesting the name of their exterior paint. I knocked on stranger’s doors, requesting colors. I pulled paint chips every time I was in a hardware store. We finally narrowed it down to 7 or 8 colors.  I purchased quart-sized samples of each paint and painted huge 4-foot-wide swaths on the west wall of our home. We made a point of visiting "the wall" during various times of the day as the sunlight shifted. This went on for months.

The decision was made. The decision was remade. The jury went back and forth, back and forth. Whatever decision I made, he hated, and whatever decision he made, I hated. It was time-consuming, exhausting and wasteful. Finally, I acquiesced, and gave him full power to choose. He chose. The exterior of our home is painted beige.

Needles to say, I was not looking forward to choosing paint for our remodel. I asked colleagues and friends for help. When Mary Meisner’s name was suggested three times in two days, all from different sources, I knew she was the one.

Mary came yesterday at 3:00 p.m. with her swatch book. She left at 3:45 with the colors specified for 6 rooms, including trim and ceilings. Better yet, Jimmy chose the initial color, and she keyed everything else around that. I love the colors, and Jimmy is happy too!  What is the value of paying a professional? Priceless.

Mary’s Color Choices:
Quincy Tan, Monroe Bisque, Wethersfield Moss, River Reflection, Cumulus Cloud and LaPaloma Gray, all from Benjamin Moore.

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